As internet scammers become more and more sophisticated in how they operate, knowing when you’re being scammed, and what to do, is essential.
A talk to be given from 11am to 12:30pm at the Blayney Library on Thursday, May 18, will outline what the most common online scams are, how to identify them and will also provide practical tips on protecting yourself online.
As part of Law Week, Peter Ringbauer from the Orange Legal Aid Office said that he will be discussing some of the case studies that the legal aid office has experienced.
“What we will be relating is how some people may have come to the pointy end of a scam where effectively after much persistence by the scammers, unwittingly become drug mules and have been charged with the importing of a prohibited substance,” he said.
Mr Ringbauer said that scammers have moved beyond simple fraud and now play a long game, targeting vulnerable people, particularly the elderly, over many years.
“The elderly are targeted because of their ability to travel overseas, sometimes at short notice to places like the Philippines or India, to collect things or documents,” he said.
The elderly are targeted because of their ability to travel overseas, sometimes at short notice.Peter Ringbauer